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Title: How Much you Brew vs How Much you Drink.
Post by: capozzoli on April 25, 2010, 03:36:23 PM
I was just wondering cause some of you guys brew some serious quantities of beer. Either you are a bunch of raging alcoholics or you are able to give a lot away. What gives?

I have been brewing extract mostly and bottling for over two years now. When I started out I was brewing about once a month. now it is much less cause I don't really drink that much. Im down to about three four beers per week.  :o except for occasions.  I have a basement full of filled bottles that need emptying cause I have some carboys with beer and cider that needs some bottles. It is a catch 22.

Work, kid, responsibilities are getting in the way of my brewing and drinking. Damn it.

I want to build the brew stand. I want to have the keg system. I want all that stuff and I can  build it all myself. For me a lot of the fun is building it and seeing the finished product.

My goal (not in this house but the next) I want the fridge basement prep kitchen/lab and bar with taps and all. But truth is I dont drink much. I may still do it one day but it is hard to justify. It is great for making friends though, isn't it?
Title: Re: How Much you Brew vs How Much you Drink.
Post by: majorvices on April 25, 2010, 03:43:54 PM
I only drink a little during the week but I like to knock 'em back liberally on the weekend. In fact, it's not too early for one now AFAIK.  8)  I have 2 systems, one a 10 gallon system and one that can easily handle a little over 40 gallons. But that system is only 25% *mine* and when I brew on it the beer gets split between me and my partners. That said, I am planning on brewing 20 gallons of kolsch on it this week sometimes strictly for my personal consumption. My wife will drink most of it though.  ;)
Title: Re: How Much you Brew vs How Much you Drink.
Post by: tygo on April 25, 2010, 03:48:53 PM
I limit myself to 5 gallon batches because I want to brew as often as possible.  I do drink a decent amount of it but I wouldn't be able to keep up with my brewing if it was just me.  So I do give a decent amount away, maybe a third of what I brew on average.
Title: Re: How Much you Brew vs How Much you Drink.
Post by: beerrat on April 25, 2010, 03:59:00 PM
I brew 5 or less gallon batches.  it enables me to brew more often.  I drink 1 beer an evening during the week and maybe 2-3 on the weekends, so I'm not going to be able to consume all I make.  My brews have also been too hoppy for my miller lite wife ;-).  I share a good portion at poker nights, local home brew club meetings, and other quarterly parties with friends.   So I must give away 50% of what I brew.

I switched to kegging, 3 full kegs, and 4 cases of home brew.  Need to make room for a mead, cider, and wine that are getting close to bottling time.

Then there are 3-4 recipes I'm anxious to make - so will scale to 3 gallon so i don't drown in my own beer.
Title: Re: How Much you Brew vs How Much you Drink.
Post by: denny on April 25, 2010, 04:55:03 PM
I limit myself to 5 gallon batches because I want to brew as often as possible.  I do drink a decent amount of it but I wouldn't be able to keep up with my brewing if it was just me.  So I do give a decent amount away, maybe a third of what I brew on average.

Sounds a lot like my MO, too.
Title: Re: How Much you Brew vs How Much you Drink.
Post by: capozzoli on April 25, 2010, 06:07:21 PM
I think it has a lot to do with the fact that I am more into the process than I am the product. Just like with cooking.

 Dont get me wrong. I love beer, but it has more to do with learning about beer, and the cultures behind the recipes. setting up the gear. brewing, fermenting and bottling. I love it. It is a meditation.

Then to pour the beer and hear that sound as the head forms. I love the sip but I really, really love the fact that It was me that made the beer.

Guess I just have to start drinking more.
Title: Re: How Much you Brew vs How Much you Drink.
Post by: denny on April 25, 2010, 09:30:43 PM
I think it has a lot to do with the fact that I am more into the process than I am the product. Just like with cooking.

 Dont get me wrong. I love beer, but it has more to do with learning about beer, and the cultures behind the recipes. setting up the gear. brewing, fermenting and bottling. I love it. It is a meditation.

Then to pour the beer and hear that sound as the head forms. I love the sip but I really, really love the fact that It was me that made the beer.

THIS!!!!!
Title: Re: How Much you Brew vs How Much you Drink.
Post by: majorvices on April 26, 2010, 01:46:29 AM
I guess I am not ashamed to admit I am totally into the product.  ;) Otherwise I wouldn't bother.
Title: Re: How Much you Brew vs How Much you Drink.
Post by: boulderbrewer on April 26, 2010, 03:24:27 AM
You have to ask my liver after it gets back from rehab!

 I wish I could share my beer locally with friends,I get very few visitors. Those that know me understand! I do have some outlets to get rid of it other than my wife and me. I have been known to dump alot of beer. Beerfests and the club is a good way to dump beer.
Title: Re: How Much you Brew vs How Much you Drink.
Post by: akr71 on April 26, 2010, 02:44:32 PM
I brew 5 gallon batches, every 4 to 6 weeks on average.  I give away about a case/batch, maybe more.  I have a beer a night, after the kids are in bed, sometimes two, sometimes none.

I, too enjoy the brewing as much as the tasting - I should give away more so that I can brew more.
Title: Re: How Much you Brew vs How Much you Drink.
Post by: Hokerer on April 26, 2010, 04:31:03 PM
Just got back from our Spring Game this weekend.  Football tailgates are a great place to unload piles of homebrew.
Title: Re: How Much you Brew vs How Much you Drink.
Post by: bluesman on April 26, 2010, 04:46:28 PM
I enjoy the brewing process almost as much as I enjoy the finished product.

I not a fan of cleaning up.  :(

I brew about one to two times per month. Between what I give away and what I drink... I can keep up with five and ten gallon batches.

I love the beer I brew and brew the beer I drink. ;)
Title: Re: How Much you Brew vs How Much you Drink.
Post by: redbeerman on April 26, 2010, 04:55:20 PM
I guess I am not ashamed to admit I am totally into the product.  ;) Otherwise I wouldn't bother.

+1
Title: Re: How Much you Brew vs How Much you Drink.
Post by: euge on April 26, 2010, 05:22:42 PM
Typically brew 12 gallon batches. Must admit that I drink the bulk of it, though my friends can put a respectable dent in the kegs when they come over.

For me it is the Process of brewing. The Science. The Art. Then holding up a glass of pretty decent brew and saying I made this!

Since I drink most of the beer myself, I don't have to brew but once a month or more.
Title: Re: How Much you Brew vs How Much you Drink.
Post by: Thirsty_Monk on April 26, 2010, 05:35:51 PM
I give away most of beers I made.
I drink about one beer a day and I have a lot of happy neighbors :)
Great part of this hobby is to share your beer with someone else.
Title: Re: How Much you Brew vs How Much you Drink.
Post by: dbeechum on April 26, 2010, 05:54:54 PM
I'll point to this thread: http://www.homebrewersassociation.org/forum/index.php?topic=2080.0 and say...

If I were to attempt to drink the amount of beer I brew, I'd be dead. Happy, but dead.
Title: Re: How Much you Brew vs How Much you Drink.
Post by: mikeypedersen on April 26, 2010, 07:04:26 PM
I've already given away 50 gallons of homebrew this year!  :-[

That's not exactly normal for me, but now that I have a 5 tap jockey box, it's hard to not put it to use!  I do usually bring growlers wherever I go to not spend more $$$ on beer and share as well....
Title: Re: How Much you Brew vs How Much you Drink.
Post by: yugamrap on April 26, 2010, 09:03:17 PM
I probably average a little more than a pint a day (some days none, some days several) - so I can't drink all of what I brew.  But, I have help.  Depending on what I have on tap, my wife is usually good for a few pints a week - and her palate is broadening, so she's helping more.  My son (23) lives with us, and his girlfriend is often around - so they help, too.  His girlfriend is a total hophead, and really likes IPAs, IIPAs, etc.  And, in the summer, my daughter (21) is home from college and does her best to pitch in, too.

We usually have two or three gatherings over the year, each of which is good for blowing a keg or two.  Last July 4th some family came over and 16 of us drank a whole keg of Cream Ale over the day.  We knocked off another keg of Pale Ale on Labor Day.  And, I have an OktoBEERfest! each year that I brew four German styles for (20 gallons) - and we go through most of that in a day since we have 40-50 guests.

With the help and gatherings, we go through enough beer that I brew around 20-25 batches a year, including a few 10-gallon batches.  Like others, I enjoy the process, the tinkering, and learning about and brewing different styles a lot.  It's to the point that my wife asks me what brewing plans I have just about every week.  There's always something to do - brew, rack, build equipment, shop for ingredients, etc.
Title: Re: How Much you Brew vs How Much you Drink.
Post by: The Professor on April 26, 2010, 10:17:54 PM
I limit myself to 5 gallon batches because I want to brew as often as possible.  I do drink a decent amount of it but I wouldn't be able to keep up with my brewing if it was just me.  So I do give a decent amount away, maybe a third of what I brew on average.

Sounds a lot like my MO, too.
Same here...but I will usually do double or triple batches of my long aged Xmas Ales and my IPA... I will consume a fair amount of both, but also give quite a bit of those beers away (probably close to half)  especially to those on my xmas list.
Title: Re: How Much you Brew vs How Much you Drink.
Post by: bbump22 on April 26, 2010, 10:33:39 PM
Just got back from our Spring Game this weekend.  Football tailgates are a great place to unload piles of homebrew.

Nice - Wish I still lived in VA, I would have gone too.  Since I live in WA now, I dont have as many friends to share my beers with, but those that I do know have no problem drinking a few beers with me.  I generally don't drink Sun - Wednesday, but my wife and I will have a few beers on Thurs, Friday, Saturday.  I live in a condo, so I brew small AG batches about 3.5 gallons on average.  I will keg 2 beers, then bottle whatever is finished fermenting.  I like learning and improving technique and recipe creation as much as I enjoy the finished product. 
Title: Re: How Much you Brew vs How Much you Drink.
Post by: dean on April 28, 2010, 01:50:09 PM
Lately I've cut back a lot on my drinking, 1 to 3 beers when I drink and thats only been 3 to 4 days a week.  Even microbrews haven't been hitting the spot for me lately.  Of the beer that I make I give away half of it probably but I haven't been brewing like I used to.  5 gallon batches again now  and only every couple of months now.  Its a different crowd here, I have to take it easy on them with bittering etc.   :D  When I was in Ohio, my kids and their friends quaffed down a considerable amount so I brewed more often... and I drank 3 to 6 pints a day then so....
Title: Re: How Much you Brew vs How Much you Drink.
Post by: beersk on April 28, 2010, 05:08:28 PM
I normally brew twice a month (every other weekend) so I try to balance out the amount I drink and the amount that I brew.  I'm currently having to take a small break from brewing because I just put 2 beers on tap and have one in the primary.  So I need to drink either one of my beers on tap slightly more quickly than normal so I can make room for the new one and brew more.  And I'm not going to bottle, I hate bottling.  I already have a couple high abv beers I need to bottle, but am just being lazy.  So getting rid of my beer more quickly most likely means having friends over for pints sometime as well.  Might as well share it, just means I get to brew new beers more often. 
But usually I probably have 1-3 pints a day.  Lately it seems like I've been having at least 4, which is a little much for me.  It doesn't result in a hang over, which I don't get headaches from drinking, I just think it's not a very healthy moderation and I feel a little more tired in the mornings.
Title: Re: How Much you Brew vs How Much you Drink.
Post by: mnstorm99 on April 29, 2010, 11:49:05 AM
I would say I brew about 2-3 batches every two months, and I brew as needed.  I try to keep a good four to six keg rotation for my wife and I.  I would say I might have about 10-12 pints a week (two per day, 5-6 days per week), and my wife maybe a little less.  Before baby we would drink more, so I would brew closer to twice per month (3-4 batches every two months), but like I said I just brew as needed to try and stay above the four keg threshold.  I brew mostly five gallon batches, but have done six-ten gallon batches to this point.
Title: Re: How Much you Brew vs How Much you Drink.
Post by: a10t2 on April 30, 2010, 02:04:30 PM
I probably drink right around 10 pints a week. Unfortunately, that would only justify brewing once a month, and I like to brew every 2-3 weeks. (Actually, I'd like to brew every day, but that's another story.)

After I rack over the two batches I have in secondaries, all eight kegs will be in use, and I'll have to either quit brewing or seriously step up my drinking.
Title: Re: How Much you Brew vs How Much you Drink.
Post by: tygo on April 30, 2010, 03:15:54 PM
seriously step up my drinking.

That's the spirit!
Title: Re: How Much you Brew vs How Much you Drink.
Post by: beerocd on April 30, 2010, 06:44:33 PM

That's the spirit!

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Even this guy didn't drink all he made. If you have too much,just  throw a party! People kinda gather at my place so lots of beer is given away(but onsite only). If you can't make it out for a visit, you don't deserve any beer.  :P
Title: Re: How Much you Brew vs How Much you Drink.
Post by: capozzoli on May 01, 2010, 12:59:06 AM
Yeah, parties are ok. But I think I should just drink a lot more. Yep, thats the real problem, not drinking enough.  

I used to take a lot of beer to people but being a bottle guy I use those easy cap bottles. Ya know the "Grolch" top. Almost no one ever brings the bottles back. Im not gonna start capping so the bottles stay put.

Also, being an extract chungo brewer I dont share it with home brewers either.  ;D Some of you guys have it down to an art. Like Bluesman and Boulderbrewer and Thirsty monk I know are for sure. Sipping one of Thirsty's maibock as I type. Strong yet very easy on the pallet.  ;)

RIP Popcorn, the world is a soberer place without you.
Title: Re: How Much you Brew vs How Much you Drink.
Post by: Thirsty_Monk on May 02, 2010, 02:29:10 AM
Sipping one of Thirsty's maibock as I type. Strong yet very easy on the pallet.  ;)
Glad you like it  ;D
Title: Re: How Much you Brew vs How Much you Drink.
Post by: boulderbrewer on May 03, 2010, 04:41:01 AM
Come on Cappo my beer sucks!

Rest in Peace Pops!